Allergies can be a real nuisance when you’re trying to get things done. It’s all the discomfort of being sick without the benefit of a day off (not that you ever get a “day off” from being a mom).
On top of that, allergic reactions can trigger asthmatic symptoms, which isn’t good for you or the kids. Fortunately, by reducing your exposure to allergy triggers, you can help nip allergy symptoms in the bud.
Clean Highly Frequented Areas
If you think about the biggest allergy triggers—dust, pollen, and pet dander—they often ride on the air or settle onto hard surfaces and into clothing and cloth. We have talked before about keeping the air clean to prevent allergies. Now, let’s focus on the rest of your space. Keeping the whole house clean can be a challenge, but you can focus on places where you and your kids spend the most time to really reduce allergen exposure. This includes bedrooms, the family room, and your car’s interior. When you clean, focus on cleaning surfaces, especially hard-to-reach and seldom-touched surfaces where dust is likely to collect. Vacuuming both carpet and cloth furniture will also help ax a lot of hidden allergens.
Pay Attention To Weather
Some days, allergies are worse than others, and a lot of that depends on the weather. Dry, windy days tend to stir up dust and other allergens more than other days, so keeping an eye on the weather can help you stay one step ahead of the game. Most weather media will also inform you if the pollen count is higher on a particular day. On days when allergens are at their worst, consider wearing an extra face covering, layers that can be removed and washed when you come back in, or just stay home if you can.
Watch Out for Mold
Mold can lurk in unexpected places, even in houses that you have just moved in to, and they can be murder on one’s allergies. Keep an eye on dark, warm places prone to moisture in your house such as basements and cupboards under sinks, especially if you know you’ve recently gotten a lot of rain or had a pipe burst. If you notice that your or your kids’ allergy symptoms suddenly worsen for no obvious reasons, there’s a chance that there is mold in your house, and you may want to consider bringing in an inspector.
Allergies are the pits; however, reducing your exposure to allergens is a simple way to get back to life as you know it. You may not be able to take the day off, but your allergy symptoms just might!